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Release of NRGI’s roadmap for distributing Myanmar’s natural resource revenues

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) released it’s publication, “Sharing the wealth: A roadmap for distributing Myanmar’s natural resource revenues” in February 2016. A number of CESD’s research papers, notably on governance structures and arrangements, are referenced in the publication.

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Assessment of extractive industries (oil and gas, mining and hydropower)

In May 2015, the Myanmar Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative released its report, “Institutional and regulatory assessment of the extractive industries in Myanmar”, providing a baseline assessment of the oil and gas, mining (including jade and gemstones) and the hydro-power sectors in Myanmar.

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Supporting administrative reform in Myanmar

The Government of Myanmar’s administrative reform agenda is aimed at improving government service delivery by streamlining procedures, cutting red tape, increasing transparency, ensuring clean government and investing in an efficient civil service. To support the reform agenda, representatives of Union, state and region level ministries, civil society organizations, international experts, and others met in Nay Pyi Taw to discuss the necessary steps for reform. MDRI-CESD’s Executive Director, Dr Zaw Oo, assisted in the delivery of the two-day consultative workshop, held 23 – 24 May 2015.

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Paper: Administering the State in Myanmar (overview of GAD)

The General Administration Department (GAD) of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) plays a wide range of roles, ranging from tax collection, to land management, and various registration and certification processes. The GAD also supports coordination and communication among the Union of Myanmar’s 36 government ministries, and connects the capital of Nay Pyi Taw to approximately 3,133 urban wards and 13,620 village tracts (representing 63,938 villages across Myanmar).

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Paper: Natural resources and subnational governments

This paper  provides an overview of state and regional governments’ roles in natural resource governance, highlighting the mining, oil and gas, timber, and hydropower sectors. It provides an overview of the current laws, systems and practices surrounding natural resources, and is intended to lay the groundwork for future research and to inform policy debate.

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Paper: Fiscal decentralization

CESD’s “Fiscal Decentralization in Myanmar” paper looks at decentralization as a strategy for strengthening public services, encouraging development, and securing peace and stability. It argues that despite important first steps being taken in the decentralization process, including an increase in the amount of national expenditure being allocated to state and region budgets (the amount tripled in 2013 to 11.8 percent), further reform is required to distribute budgetary resources.

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Press release: New report maps subnational role in Myanmar natural resource governance

The Myanmar Development Resource Institute – Centre for Economic and Social Development (MDRI-CESD), The Asia Foundation, and the International Growth Centre, have released a report presenting the ‘knowns and unknowns’ of natural resource revenue sharing in Myanmar.

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Launch of report on the natural resources sector management and governance

MDRI-CESD and The Asia Foundation released their report “Natural resources and subnational governance in Myanmar: key considerations for wealth sharing” on 17 June 2014 at the International Business Centre, Yangon.

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UK economic links to Myanmar include support for MDRI-CESD

The UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr Hugo Swire, identified the UK government’s support to MDRI-CESD as one of the economic links between Myanmar and the United Kingdom, recorded in Hansard on 12 May 2014. In response to a question in the Parliament, Mr Swire said the UK government were “working to encourage and support Burma [Myanmar] to remove barriers to becoming a stable, prosperous and democratic country with a sustainable economy that benefits all its people. ”

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Paper: Subnational governments and business

Creating a business environment that supports and encourages increased foreign direct investment, as well as a vibrant domestic private sector, is a key element in generating strong and sustainable economic growth.

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